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Penny Candy Books, General


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

  • Publisher's WeeklyThirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy. Feb. 5, 2018. Excerpt: "The tone of Medina’s poems, however, largely remains encouraging as he emphasizes the multi- faceted nature of the black youth he honors. 
  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy. Feb. 4, 2018. Excerpt: "The fascinating illustrations matched with the dazzling imagery of Medina’s tanka make this a captivating release."
  • Booklist, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black BoyFeb. 1, 2018. Excerpt: "The very different artistic renderings, which range from solid to psychedelic, all catch the eye. Though short (only 31 syllables over 5 lines), the poems pack a punch and are a great introduction to reading poetry and the art of writing it. Teachers and other adults will find many ways to use this with children."
  • Here Wee Read, The 2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books.

The Day We Lost Pet


Somewhere a bell is ringing

  • Publisher's WeeklySomewhere a Bell is RingingOctober 24, 2017. Excerpt: "The attention to detail in both text and art is evident, and the message of global interconnectedness comes through."

The Blue Pool of Questions



  • World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2017. December 12, 2017. 
  • Kirkus Reviews, The Blue Pool of Questions. August 7, 2017. Excerpt: "Deliciously confounding and deeply moving, this book is a work of art in pictures and words for adults and children alike."
  • Publisher's Weekly, The Blue Pool of QuestionsJuly 2017. Excerpt: "Manasrah’s richly multilayered illustrations mesh gracefully with Abu-Alhayyat's abstract writing in a haunting meditation on one man’s search for belonging and meaning."



The Hunt

the hunt


A Gift from Greensboro


The Not In Here Story


NUVEAU: The Future of Patterns